Since leaving his post as regional design director at Atkins and launching his own company three years ago, Joe Tabet has managed to establish his 44-member architecture firm, JT+Partners, as one of the UAE’s key firms. As recipient of MEA Awards’ Principal of the Year at it 2017 cycle, Tabet has been largely recognised for successfully leading his growing team to build for the future.
The office culture emphasises not only quality, research-based design, but it also stays up to date with technology advancements and remains active in CSR initiatives and conversations aimed at the betterment of the industry.
At the awards, the judges labelled him a “revolutionary”, and revered him for having “broken out of the mould and proceeded to plan structures and communities that would transcend design and encompass societal and environmental issues.”
Upon winning Principal of the Year, Tabet said, “I recently found that when I look over the past two years, from where I was when I started on my own to where we are today with three offices and 50 people, I feel that it’s been unbelievable.”
The last 12 months saw the completion of a number of large-scale projects, including Al Barsha First Townhouses in Dubai, One World Development in India, the Morocco Winter Retreat Resort, a private residence in Abu Dhabi, the Mango House in Seychelles and Maskeliya VIP Resort in Sri Lanka.
As the company continued its extensive work across major global markets including the UAE, north and central Africa, Saudi Arabia and India, JT+Partners expanded with the opening of its Beirut office – third in line to the firm’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai locations.
The next 12 years will continue the reign of the firm’s success with major projects across the UAE. Such projects include the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Ras Al Akhdar Hotel, Khor Al Raha Courtyard and Al Raha Residences all in Abu Dhabi, as well as the Hampton by Hilton in Ras Al Khaimah.